100 most powerful Arab women 2013
Thu 28 Feb 2013 12:58 PM
Jouhayna Samawi
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Jouhayna Samawi

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Entrepreneur

Country: Syria

Occupation: Entrepreneur

Jouhayna Samawi is one half of a husband-and-wife team that
is revolutionising the region’s art industry. 

Founded by collectors and cousins Khaled and Hisham Samawi,
alongside Jouhayna, in Damascus in 2006, Ayyam Gallery successfully revived
interest in Syria’s art history whilst at the same time nurturing the country’s
burgeoning and dynamic contemporary art scene. 
Landmark non-profit initiatives such as the Shabab Ayyam Project, an
incubator for emerging artists, demonstrated Ayyam Gallery’s commitment to
bringing the new wave of Syrian artists to international attention.  Ayyam Gallery Damascus currently functions as
a studio and creative haven for artists who remain in the war-torn city.

 Expansion into Beirut
and Dubai enabled Ayyam Gallery to broaden its scope from the promotion of work
by Syrian artists to those from the wider Middle East region.nificant region.

 Today, Ayyam Gallery
is recognised as a leading cultural voice in the region, representing a roster
of Arab and Iranian artists with an international profile and museum presence,
such as Nadim Karam, Safwan Dahoul, Samia Halaby, Sadik Alfraji, Afshin
Pirhashemi and Khaled Takreti. In January 2013, Ayyam Gallery launched a new
space in London, with a second to open in Jeddah in late-February.